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Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!


"By John Lister

MANCHESTER, England, Feb 23---Fabricio Werdum was today announced as the latest PRIDE fighter to jump to the Ultimate Fighting Championship – and Dana White warned “I’m not done yet.”

The announcement came at a press conference to formally introduce the Las Vegas-based promotion’s April 21 event in Manchester, England, at which Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Werdum (9-2-1) will fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski (10-5). The show, set for the Manchester Evening News Arena, will feature Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-4-2) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (7-1) in the headline slot, with Clitheroe native Michael Bisping (12-0) vs. Elvis Sinosic (8-9-2) and Forrest Griffin (13-4) vs. Ryoto Machida (9-0) also signed. Dana White confirmed that should Cro Cop defeat Gonzaga, he will receive a heavyweight title match against either Tim Sylvia or Randy Couture, who fight at March 3’s UFC in Columbus, Ohio.

White said the Werdum signing had only just been finalized. “PRIDE is in deep trouble. We’ve snatched away half their guys and I’m not done yet.” He dismissed another promotional rival more succinctly: “IFL sucks.”

Marshall Zelaznik, President of UFC’s UK division, told a crowd of around 30 media representatives that the promotion was in Europe for good. “I’ve relocated my family here and bought a house. We’re not going anywhere. Unlike the NFL, we don’t have to rekindle interest in our sport in Europe – the interest is already here.”

The promotion will hold between four and six shows a year in Europe, with Zelaznik already exploring smaller venues for future editions of the UFC’s successful “Fight Night” editions, currently running in the U.S. on Spike TV.

Zelaznik also announced two European television deals. The existing contract with Bravo to carry U.S. PPV events on a one-day delay, as well as broadcasting “The Ultimate Fighter” and “UFC Unleashed,” is to be extended. Meanwhile all events held in the UK will be broadcast live on the Setanta pay-per-view network for £14.95 (approximately $30).

According to White, who was clad in a t-shirt bearing the UK flag, British fighters will be an important part of the European expansion. “I’ve been blown away by the growth of UK talent since we last came here in 2002. Wherever the money is, that’s where the talented people go. Young kids who would have gone into boxing will now go into mixed martial arts.”

Although the Manchester event does not require official sanctioning, White said the show would follow Nevada State Athletic Commission guidelines, as well as meeting the medical and safety standards of the British Boxing Board of Control, which regulates boxing in the UK. Having visited the training camp of boxer Ricky Hatton yesterday, White says he feels the two sports can co-exist. “Except for some promoters I’ve fought with, the boxing community has welcomed us. Boxing is big here and in Europe, and it should be big in the US - but Don King and Bob Arum have done nothing to secure the sport’s future.”

According to MEN Arena manager John Knight, the arena will initially be set up for a capacity of 13,700, though extra seats may be made available if the event sells out. Tickets for April 21’s event are listed at £25-£250 ($50-500.) White said he was “praying for a sellout” and admitted that 2002’s UFC 38, held at the much smaller Royal Albert Hall in London, “murdered us financially. Running that show was a mistake.”

White expressed similar sentiments about the boxing match with Tito Ortiz, which he said would take place on March 24. “I wish I’d never said yes. I’m too old and too comfortable to be eating and working out the way I am [for this fight].” "

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Post #1   2/23/07 9:48:38AM   

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Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...

Post #2   2/23/07 9:58:02AM   

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Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...

Link worked fine for me ill post the article.

Post #3   2/23/07 10:02:26AM   

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Just saw this myself. I was wondering if we would see Werdum in UFC soon. Looks great, if AA wins he'll prob'ly be put right back in line for a title shot when CC takes it... and Forrest and Lyoto get to show wether they really deserve the hype. I just think none of the four can afford to have a bad fight (i'm not saying lose, I'm saying a BAD fight).

Post #4   2/23/07 10:09:19AM   

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It will be nice to have a crossover fight of 2 ranked HWs. That should really help put the div in perspective.

I really hope Forrest can pull it off. I expect he'll be the dog in the sportsbooks.

Post #5   2/23/07 10:12:38AM   

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Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...



If Forrest was smart he'd take it to the ground. A win is more important to him here than giving the fans a brawl. On paper Lyoto should be a better striker than Jardine is and we all know how that fight went for Forrest.

Post #6   2/23/07 10:16:16AM   

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This is stacking up to be an awesome card. I'm really excited about Werdum Vs Arlovski. Forrest Vs. Ryoto has me a little bit worried about Forrest's emotional health. If he get's dominated again, I'm not sure how he will react. We've had posts about how Forrest and Tito need rejuvinating matches to save face and continue making big bucks for UFC from the fans. This definitely won't be easy and will more likely secure Machida's place in the LHW division then Griffin's.

Post #7   2/23/07 10:18:02AM   

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WOW.. that is great news.. werdum in the UFC is great news.. Griffin vs Machida is a good way to hype machida and get him more exposure, assuming he beats griffin.. im even more psyched for this event now..

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Posted by madmarck


Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...

Link worked fine for me ill post the article.



thanks bro, I didn't think there was anything wrong with the link, just the IT people at work get all gestapo on blocking off websites and stuff, I'm lucky I can get on here, can't even got to MMAweekly...

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Posted by OB_Juan


Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by madmarck

LINK

Just came in for the UFC 70 UK show.

Werdum is gonna fight Arlovski. Wow that will be a awesome fight.
And how obut Lyoto vs Forrest that is gonna be a war. Wow i cant wait for this card now!



This sucks, I can't open this link from work... Is this really true???

Werdum in the UFC?!!?!!? WTF??? How are they not hyping another TopTen HVY aquisition for the UFC???

If it's not to large, could you past some of the article???

Ryo vs Forrest is genius matchmaking if you ask me... It's a great way to introduce new fans to Machida, and should be a very entertaining standup war...

Officially riding on the Machida in '07 bandwagon...



If Forrest was smart he'd take it to the ground. A win is more important to him here than giving the fans a brawl. On paper Lyoto should be a better striker than Jardine is and we all know how that fight went for Forrest.



I don't think he will have much luck on the ground either... Just seems like a bad matchup for Griffen...

Very tough fight to take coming off a pretty devistating loss...

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Posted by madmarck

MANCHESTER, England, Feb 23---Fabricio Werdum was today announced as the latest PRIDE fighter to jump to the Ultimate Fighting Championship


Um... Wow.

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Nothing against Werdom but I'm a Pitbull fan----Arlovski by KO!
Machida/Griffin-----------Potential for a good war!

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what happened to tito fighting on this card?

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Posted by xchickox

what happened to tito fighting on this card?


He's currently scheduled to take on TBA.

Post #14   2/23/07 11:19:33AM   

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tito will probably get Jardine... If Jardine doesnt fight Chuck at UFC 71...

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